1. Buffalo Sabers – Owen Power, D, University of Michigan (NCAA)
Unsurprisingly, the Sabers take the prospect that has been widely regarded as the best prospect available. With Rasmus Dahlin as 1D, this has the potential to be an excellent fit for power. He won’t need to be the best player, but he should be an excellent No. 2. The NCAA defender brings great intelligence, excellent transition play, great range and impressive four-way mobility. Combined with his 6-6 record, this was a highly anticipated pick.
2. Seattle Kraken – Matty Beniers, F, University of Michigan (NCAA)
With the first pick for the NHL’s newest team, the Kraken took the first forward off the board at Beniers. One of the most competitive players in the class, he has top-of-the-line potential thanks to his ability to impact the game on both ends of the ice. The NCAA standout is an excellent piece to build as the Kraken looks to round out its pool of prospects.
The Ducks made the first surprise pick of the 2021 NHL Draft. McTavish is a strong power forward who will fit excellently behind 2019 first-round Trevor Zegras going forward. McTavish had a season-ending draft after watching his development abroad and his performance at the 2021 IIHF World Hockey U-18 Championship. He has one of the best shots in the class and plays an excellent game of two. tracks. McTavish has the tools to be a future leader in this young team.
4. New Jersey Devils – Luke Hughes, D, USNTDP (USHL)
The Devils will team up two brothers with Luke’s pick, who will play 2019’s first overall pick, Jack. Young Hughes is extremely well suited to the organizational needs of the Devils as a potential x-factor on the blue line. One of the youngest players in this class, the roof is through the roof. He is an excellent skater who excels in transition. Imagining a future with Hughes and Ty Smith should excite Devils fans a lot.
5. Columbus Blue Jackets – Kent Johnson, C / W, University of Michigan (NCAA)
With their first pick from the first round, the Blue Jackets selected the most skilled player in this class. Johnson has the best hands of any prospect in the draft, leading to dazzling creativity. It has a high hockey IQ and is a highlight reel for walking. He really impressed with his smooth transition from the BCHL to the NCAA, scoring one point per game this season.
6. Detroit Red Wings – Simon Edvinsson, D, Frolunda (SHL)
After taking Lucas Raymond from Frolunda last season, the Red Wings stayed on the team for this selection. Edvinsson is a soft skating defender who is the size NHL teams love at 6-4. He is a very strong disc handler who can stun the opposition with his creativity. While his game is still a bit raw, the potential is very high as he has front-line potential. It should be an excellent complement to Moritz Seider in the first round of 2019.
7. San Jose Sharks – William Eklund, C / W, Djurgården (SHL)
8. Los Angeles Kings – Brandt Clarke, D, Barrie Colts (OHL)
The Kings have one of the best, if not the The best group of prospects in the league, and adding Clarke is a great addition to the system. The highly offensive defender has frontline potential and could be the heir to Drew Doughty. Its skating mechanics need some tweaking as it is a hit to the knees, but the rest of its package is very promising.